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Interim result: 30 suspected cases of Nazi-confiscated property in Görlitz Collections

Date 2017.03.21

In a project fund­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion in Magde­burg, the Gör­l­itzer Samm­lun­gen für Geschichte und Kul­tur (Gör­litz Col­lec­tions of His­to­ry and Cul­ture) have dis­cov­ered around 30 sus­pect ob­jects dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion of their own hold­ings for Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. The sus­pect items are paint­ings, prints and works of ap­plied art. The re­search turned up 300 sus­pect ob­jects in to­tal; how­ev­er, the ma­jor­i­ty are clas­si­fied as items lost dur­ing wartime and are no longer part of the col­lec­tions.

The project has been run­ning since Ju­ly 2016 and aims to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly ex­am­ine all new ac­qui­si­tions made be­tween 1933 and 1945 for Nazi-con­fis­cat­ed prop­er­ty. The re­sults of the re­search project will be pub­lished in the Lost Art Database op­er­at­ed by the Ger­man Lost Art Foun­da­tion.

Ev­i­dence had al­ready been found in the 1990s that a num­ber of items in the Gör­litz Col­lec­tions had been ac­quired in un­law­ful cir­cum­stances dur­ing the Na­tion­al So­cial­ist pe­ri­od. Sev­er­al years ago, in­di­vid­u­al art­works – in­clud­ing two paint­ings by Lo­vis Corinth and Max Slevogt – were re­turned to the right­ful heirs of the col­lec­tor to whom they had once be­longed.

Historisches Inventarbuch der früheren Städtischen Kunstsammlungen Görlitz aus dem Jahr 1937 Historisches Inventarbuch der früheren Städtischen Kunstsammlungen Görlitz aus dem Jahr 1937 Historisches Inventarbuch der früheren Städtischen Kunstsammlungen Görlitz aus dem Jahr 1937 Source:  Görlitzer Sammlungen für Geschichte und Kultur